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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:56 PM

Saturated Houston hospitals transferring COVID-19 patients to other cities

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris Health Systems, the public health agency that operates Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals, is sending COVID-19 patients to facilities outside of the area in an effort to cope with the growing healthcare crisis.

Charlie McMurray-Horton, the associate administrator for Clinical Integration and Transformation at Harris Health, spoke to ABC13 about the capacity issues affecting Harris Health hospitals this afternoon.

"It really has intensified in the last month or so," said McMurray-Horton. "We are actively trying to transfer out ICU and surge patients that are COVID positive and under investigation, just because we don't have the capacity to treat those patients," McMurray-Horton added.

Harris Health Systems said it has transferred patients to UTMB in Galveston, the Woodlands, and as far away as Conroe. The scramble to find beds for patients also has a trickle down effect.

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 10:08 PM

1. Kick & recommend for visibility

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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:03 AM

2. when the rural communities start getting slammed

what are they gonna do? They cannot rely on the city resources they so despise.

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Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:28 PM

3. Galveston, Woodlands, and Conroe -

all within an hour of Med Center. When they start transferring to Lubbock we're in real trouble.

That said, I had been watching those TMC charts for weeks and a few days ago they froze the charts, took 3 days to "redesign" after Abbott threw a fit and cut off elective surgeries (which kills the profit for the big private hospitals). Now all the hospital CEO's are saying everything is under control and beds are available. I am in the suburbs south of Houston and just bracing myself for the deaths to come.

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